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59 new eBooks and audiobooks coming out April 16 – 22, 2024

By Kobo • April 16, 2024New eBooks and Audiobooks

The books we’re most looking forward to this week

Since the publication of his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses (which is too often overlooked for just being a great book, winning the Whitbread Award for novel of the year and nearly winning the author his second Booker Prize), Salman Rushdie’s life has been rather complicated. With its allegedly blasphemous dream sequence depictions of a character called “The Messenger,” the book stirred up controversy from the start, culminating in Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini calling for the death of the author and his publishers. Several of the book’s translators and publishers were victims of occasionally lethal violence, and Rushdie has lived in the shadow of threats ever since. His 2012 memoir Joseph Anton includes his account of the years he’s lived under guard, checking into hotels under a pseudonym combining the names of novelist Joseph Conrad and playwright Anton Chekhov. In 2022, just before beginning a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution, a young man (born nearly a decade after the controversy around The Satanic Verses first erupted) leapt onto the stage and stabbed Rushdie several times. After being rushed to hospital and guarded around the clock, the author recovered, though he lost sight in one eye and the use of one hand. Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder is Rushdie’s account of the attack, his recovery, and what it meant to experience such brutal violence after decades under threat. But this is Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight’s Children and Haroun and the Sea of Stories we’re talking about: to describe what one of Rushdie’s books is “about” is to carry out a violent act of another kind. Let it be said then, that of all the books we’ve read and admired by the author, this is the one we’re most glad he was able to write.

Hopefully we all get to meet our end peacefully, perhaps with a “death doula” by our sides. That’s the job of Alua Arthur, whose clients enlist her to help them look after final affairs and bear witness to their last moments. In Briefly Perfectly Human: Making an Authentic Life by Getting Real About the End, Arthur shares her path to this unusual career, from her family’s flight out of Ghana following a coup in the 1980s, to stepping in as her brother-in-law’s advocate as he was dying of lymphoma. And she shares many moving stories of clients, some passing peacefully into death, and others agonizing over regrets and epiphanies with their last breaths. Her work has taught her the value of the “death embrace,” a kind of end-of-life care unfamiliar in Western culture, but which helps the dying hold onto dignity until the end while leaving the living with a sense of purpose rooted in the certainty of our shared mortality.

More books coming out now

✍ Poetry

Get Well Soon: Poems by Jamie Sharpe

Good Grief by Brianna Pastor

🧰 Help and How-to

Pizza Night: Deliciously Doable Recipes for Pizza and Salad by Alexandra Stafford

As Long as You Need: Permission to Grieve by J. S. Park

MicroSkills: Small Actions, Big Impact by Resa E. Lewiss and Adaira Landry

Take Less. Do More. Surprising Life Lessons in Generosity, Gratitude, and Curiosity from an Ultralight Backpacker by Glen Van Peski

Standing at the Back Door of Happiness: And How I Unlocked It by David Roche

💡 Big Ideas

New Cold Wars: China's Rise, Russia's Invasion, and America's Struggle to Defend the West by David E. Sanger

Technocapitalism: The Rise of the New Robber Barons and the Fight for the Common Good by Loretta Napoleoni

Life as We Know It (Can Be): Stories of People, Climate, and Hope in a Changing World by Bill Weir

🗣 True Stories

Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder by Salman Rushdie

Always On Call: Adventures in Nursing, Ranching, and Rural Living by Marion McKinnon Crook

Briefly Perfectly Human: Making an Authentic Life by Getting Real About the End by Alua Arthur

Did I Ever Tell You? A Memoir by Genevieve Kingston

Between Two Trailers: A Memoir by J. Dana Trent

The Serial Killer's Apprentice: The True Story of How Houston's Deadliest Murderer Turned a Kid into a Killing Machine by Katherine Ramsland and Tracy Ullman

An Unfinished Love Story: A Personal History of the 1960s by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Resilience in the Rubble: A True Tale of Aid and Survival in Kashmir by Kathy Harms with Nadeem Malik

💘 Romance

Moments for You by Carrie Ann Ryan

Wicche Hunt: The Sea Wicche Chronicles by Seana Kelly

PLAYBOY by Jaime Lewis

Hott Take by Serena Bell

Talon by Pepper North

Taming 7 by Chloe Walsh

Dear Wendy by Ann Zhao

One Last Word by Suzanne Park

When I Think of You by Myah Ariel

🗡️ Action, Crime, and Mystery

A Calamity of Souls by David Baldacci

What Cannot Be Said by C. S. Harris

Close to Death by Anthony Horowitz

The Murder Inn by James Patterson and Candice Fox

One of Us Knows by Alyssa Cole

You Know What You Did by K. T. Nguyen

While We Were Burning by Sara Koffi

The Band by Christine Ma-Kellams

🖊️ Literary & Contemporary Fiction

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit by Nadine Sander-Green

The Dragon and the Butterfly by Abby Simpson

Butter: A Novel of Food and Murder by Asako Yuzuki

The Beautiful People by Michelle Gable

The Alternatives by Caoilinn Hughes

Crooked Seeds by Karen Jennings

The Spoiled Heart by Sunjeev Sahota

Prairie Edge by Conor Kerr

✨ Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, and Speculative Fiction

To Gaze Upon Wicked Gods by Molly X. Chang

Rogue & Revenant by Kat Ross

Pinquickle's Folly by R. A. Salvatore

Merciless Saviors by H.E. Edgmon

Indian Burial Ground by Nick Medina

Withered by A.G.A. Wilmot

Weird Black Girls: Stories by Elwin Cotman

Sanctuary by Valentina Cano Repetto

The Practice, the Horizon, and the Chain by Sofia Samatar

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - The Official Movie Novelization by Greg Keyes

Moon Dust in My Hairnet by JR Creaden

🗯 Manga & Graphic Novels

My Dress-Up Darling 11 by Shinichi Fukuda

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Vol. 18 (light novel) by Fuse

Jujutsu Kaisen, Vol. 22 by Gege Akutami

Secrets of the Silent Witch, Vol. 4.5 -after- by Matsuri Isora

1177 B.C. by Eric H. Cline

Advocate: A Graphic Memoir of Family, Community, and the Fight for Environmental Justice

by Eddie Ahn

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